New Staff for the Secondary Campus
In Food Technology we have Emily Jones, a recent graduate and a very successful chef. Her current employer (since 2012) is the Playford Adelaide, M Gallery Collection where she has supervised and trained a team of apprenticed and new kitchen staff. Prior to this she was the Sous Chef at Red Ochre Grill from 2008, moving upstairs from the River Torrens Café where she began her apprenticeship in 2006. She was also a casual chef at Jolleys Boathouse in 2013. With 10 years industry experience she will be a great teacher for our students.
Our new Biology teacher is Curtis Leaver. He is currently a Science and senior Biology and Nutrition teacher at Unley High School and before that was the Senior Girls Teacher at Amata Anangu School in the APY Lands. He has a rich experience outside of schools that includes being a professional musician for 14 years. He was a member of the internationally renowned folk-pop band, Clue To Kalo, involved in a wide range of music areas including: composition, performance and events. After leaving school Curtis was studying an Applied Science degree at Roseworthy and worked at Leabrook Estate and Adelaide Hills Winery as a vineyard manager and cellar door attendant from 2006 – 2010. He has been a volunteer in several environmental activities including Fauna and Flora surveys with the Scientific Expedition Group and volunteering with Landcare and the Wilderness Society. Other personal interests include a wide range of sports and outdoor activities. He has competed in interstate basketball and white-water kayaking and has coached both of these sports. He also has an interest in Indigenous Australian culture and has completed the Adelaide Uni course “Indigenous Australians and Environmental Management”.
Charlaina (Charlie) Thompson is our new Drama and English teacher and Halstead Middle School. Head of House. Charlie has been teaching at Cardijn College for the past 3 years and was at Walford prior to that. Charlie brings with her over 15 years of international drama teaching, performance and set design from venues such as the Albert Hall in London, the Fringe Festival and Channel 9 studios. She loves the creativity that Drama and English offer and has written a significant number of plays for school productions. With a Masters in Education completed in 2010, and a wealth of theoretical and practical experience in both drama and teaching, Charlie will be a great addition to our staff in 2017.
Joining our Humanities team is Evan Jones. He has spent 15 years working in Hospitality and Tourism in Australia and Europe and 10 years in Environmental Management in SA. He decided to become a teacher after setting up a community garden and running a weekly and garden cooking program with a school. At Adelaide University he received the Geography Award and the DD Harris Award and Scholarship from the Geography Teachers’ Association. His teaching experience includes 2.5 years at Pembroke and one semester at Rostrevor College.
Contract positions include
Billy Cook, an Indonesian and Maths teacher is a recent graduate, currently in a contract position at Concordia College teaching Maths and PE. He has a passion for Engineering (Civil Engineering partial degree), Maths, Geography and PE, however, his major is in Indonesian. As a teenager, Billy lived in Indonesia for two years with his family and he is keen to provide opportunities for St John’s students to explore the language and culture of our closest neighbours. Billy is also excited to help build a relationship with a sister-school in Borneo. There will be more information regarding this exciting initiative for our Junior and Secondary students, in 2017.
Chris Raymond will take up a 12 month Middle School contract. He has been at Tenison Woods College in Mount Gambier for the past 4 years, Nairne and Woodcroft Primary Schools and Bearwood College in Berkshire, United Kingdom. Chris is also an old scholar and the first School Captain in 2002.
Nicola Rosadoni, ICT teacher, will have a term 1 Long Service Leave replacement position. She has extensive experience as a Middle and Senior School teacher, Head of Information Services and SSABSA Marker and Moderator in Interactive Multimedia. Her career includes positions at Hills Montessori, Scotch College, Glenunga International High School and Whyalla High School.
Tim Angley Science teacher is taking leave for at least Term 1 and we have almost finalised his replacement.
Junior School Teachers
Holly Neilson will join our staff in 2017 as a Year 2 teacher. She has experience in several schools in Adelaide including St Ignatius College, St Peters Girls and Pembroke. She will quickly endear herself to our community as a teacher of excellence.
Bettina Abram has been appointed as an ELC Teacher, helping to form part of the new expanded team of the ELC for 2017. Bettina is qualified and experienced in Primary and Early Childhood teaching. She has taught at Seymour, St Andrew’s and Annesley College. This year she has been juggling part time roles as an ELC Teacher at Annesley as well as being a sessional academic with Uni SA in the Early Childhood faculty, focusing on developing a Play Curriculum. She will be a great addition to the team.
Penny Kerr is our other ELC teacher to complete this team. She is currently at Scotch College where she has been the co-ordinating teacher of the 3 year old program for the past nine years. Previously was at Prince Alfred College. Her professional interest cover Inclusive Learning, Wellbeing and Positive Psychology and Sustainability. Penny’s bright and welcoming persona will be appreciated by all.
We are still finalising the Assistant appointments to provide the Long Day Care support required.